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Born in London and educated in Surrey, Richard read Law at university and spent 4 years articled in the West End dealing with conveyancing and matrimonial disputes. Having failed his Part II exams and not happy being what he called "a square peg in a round hole" tied to an office, he joined a firm of chartered surveyors in Surrey as a junior negotiator and then moved down to Devon a few years later to take the post of manager in a long established, mixed practice RICS firm down there. He calls this the best move he ever made: "Wonderful properties, lovely clients, but no money!". Having lived on Dartmoor for over 35 years, Richard has built up a strong client base with recommendations and clients returning after decades indicating that he must have done some things right, he reckons. Richard lives with his wife and 3 Yorkies on the edge of the small town of Ottery St Mary and works from home and the office in Exeter. Richard likes travelling, cricket, a pint of real ale down the pub and is a hash house harrier (the English countryside's best kept secret!). He speaks French and Spanish and has a spattering of Catalan, German and - Luxembourgish (because his daughter and family now live there!).
my expertise in the industry
Richard trained as a lawyer and practised conveyancing as a trainee solicitor in London. Richard has lived and worked in South Devon as an estate agent and auctioneer since 1984. He is an Hon Fellow of the NAEA, Fellow of NAVA and holds the Certificate of Practice in Estate Agency. Richard was actively involved in the NAEA for many years and currently sits on the Disciplinary Tribunal. He specialises in period property and compliance issues and is an industry trainer with the RICS. He recently set up www.property-redress.co.uk to help consumers who have lost money through the Modern Method of Sale. As associate partner with one of the oldest RICS firms in Devon for 21 years, Richard set up on his own in 2006 dealing with period property and barn conversions exclusively. He is now a consultant and auctioneer with an established, mixed practice firm in the centre of Exeter covering the whole of the county. Richard is known for his expert knowledge on listed buildings; he is a successful auctioneer and is increasingly involved in training and compliance.